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Brother way round

Aaron Harkin has revealed how big brother Ruairi stoked his excitement levels about a January move to Cliftonville.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with former employers Institute, the 26-year-old – who originally signed a pre-contract agreement for a summer switch between the Clubs – says it was “amazing” to make his debut in last month’s victory over Newry City, having previously put any thoughts of playing for the Reds to the back of his mind for a few months.

On a proposed summer arrival, he explains: “That was the original plan but to come now, because Cliftonville are such a big Club, I’m just happy we were able to get the deal done and over the line.

“I spoke to Ruairi about the Club and he gave me some insight – how it’s a big Club and there’s good people around it. Just having my brother there is good because I can bond with people straight away and get to know the team-mates.”

You can read the full Harkin interview in tomorrow’s edition of our Matchday Magazine, which will be on sale at Solitude for £2.50.

Alongside your latest poster, The Red Eye’s 21st issue of the campaign reflects on the history of Cliftonville’s managerial incumbents, examines how Stute have adapted to life in the top flight and steps 112, 62 and 34 years back down memory lane – plus plenty more besides.

Our Matchday Magazine has attained a top-three position in the NI Football Programme Collectors’ annual awards poll for the last seven seasons – assuming the runners-up position on six of those occasions – so, if you’re not a regular reader, why not take a look at what you’ve been missing out on?

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